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Honda responds to clutch comments

"Obviously HRC is not using anything illegal, but it's true that we have something new on the transmission..."
HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto sought to stamp-out rumours from Italy that Honda is harnessing 'Dual Clutch Technology' (which isn't allowed) in its MotoGP bike, but did admit to some kind of new transmission development.

During a press conference at Sepang, GPOne.com quotes Nakamoto as saying:

“Obviously HRC is not using anything illegal, but it's true that we have something new on the transmission that currently... allows for faster gear changes. We are not talking about a DCT, but I can't tell you how it works... because I don't know!"

Faster gear changes may also help explain why the Honda riders seem to have superior acceleration compared to their rivals.


Tagged as: HRC , Sepang , DCT

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Tarmac Terrorist - Unregistered

February 24, 2011 3:38 PM

Sour grapes from the Ital press me thinks. Would they be making those accusations if it was their beloved "Holy Trinity"(Ducati-Rossi-Burgess) that was topping the time sheets with such domination?

Southerner

February 24, 2011 4:18 PM

This reminds me of 2007,when the scrutineers checked Stoner's engine capacity.Nothing was found out of spec. This is the same scenario. HRC have found an edge inside the rule book. Its working for them and that is all. This is a game of catch up !!! The other manufacture's will look into transmission efficiency as of right now and catch up very soon. Back in 2007,by the time they got to Catalunya,Desmo horsepower advantage was really not a major point of departure in terms of lap times. It was only an issue in Quatar and Shanghai.There is more to any race bike than a dyno chart as HRC have apparently proved for now.



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